The following is an excerpt from SHANIKA GUNARATNA | November 16, 2016 | CBSNews.com |
The world’s most celebrated physicist and cosmologist issued a call for humans to “continue to go into space for the future of humanity.”
“I don’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet,” Stephen Hawking said while delivering a lecture on the universe and the origins of humans at the Oxford Union debating society on Monday, according to the British newspaper The Independent.
Despite the dire warning, Hawking also tried to sound a hopeful note about the future of human achievement.
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet,” Hawking said, according to The Independent. “Try to make sense of what you see, wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”
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